Caithness adult volunteer recognition

January 5, 2021
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Captain Stephen Mezals (38), an adult volunteer with 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force, has been recognised for 18 years of Cadet Force service.

In December, Captain Mezals, of Halkirk Detachment, was presented with the first Bar of the Cadet Forces Medal.

He received the recognition for his long service to Young People of the Highlands and the Cadet Force.

His Bar was presented at the Detachment in Halkirk by Caithness Company Commander Major Neil McLean.

Captain Mezals (right) being presented with his Bar by Caithness Company Commander Major McLean (left).

The Caithness Company instructor joined the Battalion in 2001 as an instructor with Inverness Detachment. He later transferred to Caithness with Thurso Detachment in 2006. He was appointed as the Company’s Commander five years ago. In 2018, Stephen took a step back from being Company Commander due to work commitments, taking over the Company’s Detachment in Halkirk as Detachment Commander. 

The Cadet Forces Medal is awarded to all officers and uniformed adult instructors in recognition of long service of proved capacity in the Cadet Forces. The medal is awarded after 12 years unbroken service to the Cadet Forces, with a Bar awarded for every six years of further service.

To find out more about 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF, click HERE.